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Yo gets reinvented into a true notifications app for 150 sources

Mariella Moon, @mariella_moon
February 25, 2015
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If you downloaded Yo last year, chances are it's now collecting dust in one of your app folders -- after all, how many times can you send the word "yo" to a friend before it becomes annoying? Now, its developers are attempting to entice people to use it again by turning it into an app that notifies you of the newest and most relevant content from a number of websites. The idea behind this redesigned Yo is to give people a way to get notified of new articles, videos or images from its partner websites without having to download standalone apps. All you have to do is subscribe to the channels you like via the brand new "Yo Store."

We're talking about notifications or "Yos" from Buzzfeed, TechCrunch, NBA, Cosmopolitan, Beyonce's Instagram and even internet feline celeb Lil Bub, among many others. What's great is that the app wasn't designed to flood you with Yos for every new post. For instance, you'll only get a Yo from TechCrunch for every article that gets 250 retweets, from Lonely Planet Local for places near your location, and from Huffington Post for its daily good news. Some services, like Coinbase, even send you notifications (the current bitcoin price, in its case) only if you ping it first. It could also be used as an Internet of Things button, sort of like IFTTT. You can access the Yo Store from within the now-more-useful app, or you can visit its website if you want to give Yo a second chance.

Update: Engadget is now one of the sources you can get "Yos" from! We'll send you some of our top posts during the week (without spamming you). Just subscribe to us over on Yo.

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